Karen-Claire Voss is presently Assistant Professor of American Culture & Literature at Fatih University in Istanbul. She is former Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at San Jose State University where she taught for five years. After doing doctoral research in France for two years, she came to Istanbul in 1994. She is a sometime speaker at academic conferences in Europe and author of numerous articles on topics ranging from imagination, mysticism and methodology in esotericism to philosophy of education. Translator of Basarab Nicolescu's Manifesto of Transdisciplinarity (State University of New York Press, 2001) and his Poetical Theorems (forthcoming), this year she is working on a book about spiritual alchemy and another on the topic of ‘feminine’ gnosis.

Somewhat to her surprise, Karen-Claire has fallen completely under the spell of Turkey. Now, passionately interested in traditional Turkish culture, especially music and dance, she is working on a collection of short stories partly inspired by her experience here that she plans to bring out in a volume called Istanbul? Yes, Istanbul.  To contact Karen-Claire or to learn about upcoming workshops write:


“Face to Face” with Karen-Claire Voss April 2004, Time Out Istanbul


The Faces of Karen-Claire


Wounded Angel – Hugo Simberg